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Beware Calls From 0014254069022

posted 2 Sep 2013, 02:01 by Alistair Hamilton   [ updated 5 Sep 2013, 02:47 ]
I've spoken about this scam before. This morning I was called again, though surprisingly, they didn't even bother to hide their number, which is why I've listed it above.

Note: This isn't the only number you may receive this type of scam from.

As is my usual tactic with these criminals when I have the free time, I try to keep them on the phone for as long as possible. Today was particularly good as it clocked up about 20 mins. That's 20 minutes they weren't preying on someone less knowledgeable than yours truly. Which is, of course, the reason I do it.

This call was unusual because I managed to have the caller completely flumoxed. So much so that he called his supervisor over to talk to me. Yes, these criminals have all the trappings of a legitimate call centre, including the noisy hussle and bussle in the background.

Throughout the call, I followed their instructions to the letter. But I use Linux and those instructions were for Windows and of course useless on my system. I was continually being informed that I should be seeing something when in actual fact, I was seeing something completely different.

Eventually, I was asked if I was using Windows. At this point I guessed the game was up and in no uncertain terms I told them that they were a bunch of crooks and to stop preying on the fears those less knowledgeable. I then hung up.

What made this particular call unusual was the fact that they called back and apologised for accidentally terminating the connection!

I immediately told them that both calls had been recorded and would be handed over to the police and hung up again.

These lowlifes really make my blood boil.